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Old 02-23-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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Default Did I Ruin My First Batch?

I brewed my first batch of beer last weekend, a Coopers IPA Extract kit. In the hustle and bustle of brewing, I forgot to sanitize the bowl I activated the yeast in. It was clean but not sanitized. As soon as I realized what I had done, I sanitized a container and transferred it. So, here's the question: did I ruin the beer? Should I dump it out and start over? It was only about $20 so it would be no big deal. How badly does contaminated beer taste? Is it dangerous to drink? I would really appreciate any suggestions. I feel like quite a bonehead over this one. Any ideas?

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Old 02-23-2009, 10:35 AM   #2
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No don't dump it, I'm sure it will be fine...We've all done a LOT worse than not sanitizing the yeast bowl...I've done that countless times..

Here read the stories here...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/what...t-great-96780/

and DON'T EVER THINK ABOUT DUMPING YOUR BEER UNTIL IT"S BEEN AT LEAST A COUPLE MONTHS IN THE BOTTLE!!...Always see the process through unless you see noticiable signs of an infection (confirmed by someone on here or another brewer who actually knows what an infection looks like) or it small like vomit...otherwise more than likely the beer is just young and green...

Read this as well..http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/

And relax, you just have typical new brewer fear.

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Revvy, Do you have that post on a macro. I would love to see a count of how many times you've posted that.

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I thought this thread was gonna be a joke at first.

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Thank you very very much Revvy. Great to have my mind eased by a fellow Michigander! So...I'm not the only new brewer who has concerns about "doing it right." Glad to know. Now...patience.....

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If thats all you did wrong on your first brew then you're ahead of most of us. Should be delicious.

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And no, a quick search would assure you that you're not the first, "Is my beer ruined" Thread
Just don't take a poo in your carboy and you'll have beer.

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And no, a quick search would assure you that you're not the first, "Is my beer ruined" Thread
Just don't take a poo in your carboy and you'll have beer.
even then you'll probably have beer.
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And no, a quick search would assure you that you're not the first, "Is my beer ruined" Thread
Just don't take a poo in your carboy and you'll have beer.
Not to mention this sticky...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/thin...s-aside-74520/
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Just don't take a poo in your carboy and you'll have beer.



Why? Is the poo supposed to ruin the beer?
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